Three New Releases Not Screened

Karl Urban as a Viking? Ooo, baby, I am so there. Alas, 20th Century Fox doesn't want me there for Pathfinder, at least not before it opens this Friday. The critical rumor mill has it that some print critics may be allowed the see the film in advance, but me pointing out that lots of my reviews do appear in print as well as online held no sway with Fox. If you breathe on a computer, you can't see the movie before Friday.

And then there's Slow Burn, starring Ray Liotta and that Vulcan chick from Enterprise. Here we have a thriller so "sexy" and "stylish" that it must be withheld from critics' eyes till Friday morning, lest it so wear us out with its sexy stylishness that we are unable to function, perhaps. Credit to Lionsgate for at least setting up a courtesy screening for us on opening day so that we can skip the multiplex.

I have no idea what to make of Redline -- all I know is that this is the flick during the promotion of which Eddie Griffin totally did not deliberately crash that very, very expensive sportscar. So I'm guessing this is a flick about stupid people driving very fast. I will be spending Friday checking out Pathfinder and Slow Burn, but I've already seen The Fast and the Furious, so I think I'll give this one a pass.

But that's three -- three! -- wide releases opening on a single day without benefit of reviews to help moviegoers decide what's worth seeing. If this trend keeps up, by the end of the year, studios will be putting implants in critics' brains to keep us from even thinking about upcoming movies.


MaryAnn Johanson

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